Happy Not Perfect (iOS version 1.8.0)

Synopsis of the App: With an easy-to-navigate design, this app aims to help reduce stress, embrace gratitude and support positive thoughts.

Price and Platform: Free. Apple, Android.

RDN Score: 4/5

Pros

  • Easy-to-navigate design.
  • Experience more than 150 mindfulness activities including guided breathing and shoulder relaxation exercises set to relaxing music.
  • Themed sessions help tackle stress, sadness, worry, and many other emotions.
  • A seven step mind “refresh” helps you identify your current mood then guides you to let go, focus on gratitude, sketch a full color doodle of a happy place, and make an actionable commitment to be more compassionate the next day.
  • Select an activity duration from 30 seconds to 2 minutes to suit your needs.
  • Make someone else feel better by sending a meme or quote to spread positive vibes.
  • Record moments of gratitude, challenges and compassion in the diary for easy recall.
  • Stay motivated and keep yourself accountable with the streaks feature.
  • Play mindfulness games to distract and de-stress any time of day.
  • Listen to brief inspirational talks and guided meditations from the app’s meditation experts.
  • Access limited functions in offline mode.

Cons

  • Must log in and create an account to use the app.
  • Doesn’t include scientific references to support content.

Bottom Line: With a goal to help you feel more balanced and less stressed, Happy Not Perfect helps you take a mental break and relax wherever you might be whenever you need it. It’s ideal for anyone needing a quick refresh when emotions run high.

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Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD, is based in Atlanta and specializes in culinary nutrition, communications and consulting. She blogs at marisamoore.com. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.